Word From Westwood - Nov. 27, 2012
Nov. 27, 2012
At UCLA, the recent run of fall sport teams competing for championships continues this week.
The Pac-12 South Division Champion football team hits the road to face Stanford with the Conference title and the Rose Bowl Game on the line. In addition, the men's water polo team will be vying for an NCAA championship at USC this weekend, and the women's volleyball team begins defense of its NCAA title with first and second round games in Pauley Pavilion over the weekend.
For a closer look at those contests, and the other events of the week, continue below:
Bruins Face Stanford for Second-Straight Week in Pac-12 Championship Game
The conference title game kicks off at 5 pm (PT) in Palo Alto, and tickets in the UCLA section are still available. Click here for ticket links and information on Fan Travel options.
Bruin fans unable to make it to Northern California in person can watch the game live on FOX or listen to it on AM 570, FOX Sports LA.
UCLA to Host Pre-game Tailgate at Gordon Biersch in Palo Alto
Bowl Info A Comin' This Weekend
This has been an incredibly exciting year for the team, and having the Bruin Family join them at the bowl game in big numbers will be a fitting tribute to the team as they complete their season in style.
Be on the lookout for messages from us. In addition, be sure to check UCLABruins.com often to find out how you can be there as this exciting year comes to a crescendo in a great bowl.
Mora a Contender for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award
The award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence, both on and off the field. Endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame, the program awards the winning coach from each NCAA division with $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, a $20,000 grant to each school's alumni association, and the Coach of the Year trophy.
The first round of fan voting (via Twitter) continues until Saturday, December 1, with the top 15 FBS vote getters eligible to become one of the 10 finalists. Bruins fans should vote here to help ensure that Mora is a finalist.
Once the 10 FBS finalists are determined, fans will once again be given the chance to vote, and their vote will be combined with the votes of the College Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee and the national media before the winner is announced prior to the BCS National Championship Game on January 7.
Men's Water Polo Aims for Ninth NCAA Title
The Bruins take on St. Francis in the semifinals on Saturday at 3:12 pm. Should the Bruins win, they will face the winner of USC/Air Force in the championship game on Sunday at 3:12 pm.
Tickets for the NCAA Championship are selling quickly. Click here to purchase.
Women's Volleyball Begins Title Defense
The Bruins play LIU Brooklyn on Friday at 8 pm (PT), after the San Diego/Michigan State match is played at 5:30 pm. The winners of those two matches will meet on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm for the chance to move on to the Regional round in Berkeley.
Tickets for the first and second round matches this weekend will be available at the Pauley Pavilion box office or by calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946).
Both Basketball Teams Face Local Foes This Week
Tickets for all three games are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here or call 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946).
Den Pass Sales at an All-Time High
The department has sold more than 10,000 full-season passes for the first time. We would like to salute all of the students who purchased Den Passes this year, as well as those who have attended all UCLA athletic events this year in record numbers.
Den passes are sold out for the current school year but will go on sale in the Spring of 2013 for 2013-14, so interested students should be on the lookout for details in the coming months around campus or at UCLABruins.com.
Olympic Sports Report
As the fall sports season winds down, the fact that virtually all of our teams were, or are currently, in NCAA post-season play, solidifies the important contributions made by our senior student-athletes who have provided the leadership on each of their respective squads.
Watching Senior Day ceremonies, where these Bruins are honored at their last regular-season home game, bring bittersweet recollections. As they are introduced to the home crowd, most with families beside them, I reflect back four, or in some cases, five years ago to their freshman orientation for Athletics. I remember saying, as I typically do, that among them will be future All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, professional athletes, and national champions. UCLA will be the place where they find their voice, and where often times, they will exceed their every expectation. Just as importantly, when they graduate from college, they will forever carry with them the brand of UCLA, a life-long affiliation with the greatest university in the world.
The senior class of 2012-13 validates all that I shared with them several years ago. Many have achieved, or will achieve, those aforementioned accolades, and several of them will make their sport a professional career, though even more will realize huge success in other endeavors.
What is most evident to me, however, is that the UCLA experience has helped to foster their maturation, which will lead to long and lasting productive lives. Our goal is to not only challenge our student-athletes to be their best that they can be while at UCLA, but to prepare them for that which they will face, both the triumphs and the adversity that come during life.
To our senior student-athletes, especially those playing their final collegiate games in the coming weeks, I salute you and thank you. You have and continue to make us proud.
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